Shakespeare at Winedale is an educational program, not an arts organization or professional theatre. All of the elements of the program are intended to promote an understanding and appreciation of the works of Shakespeare, and of their extraordinarily complex and penetrating vision of human life. Students at Winedale develop, test and transcend their sense of self through their exploration of Shakespearean characters. Audiences come to Winedale to share, not the polished product of a professional Shakespeare festival, but the excitement of risk-taking and discovery. What the Winedale approach to Shakespeare brings—to the Globe in London or the projects of East Austin—is the conviction that anyone can live life more fully through a personal encounter with Shakespeare’s art.